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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

Speakers

Judy Woodruff
Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of the PBS NewsHour
KQED 10/15/2013
the Washington Post
Joie Chen
Anchor of Al Jazeera America, America Tonight
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Joie Chen: The latest, according to the
Joie Chen
Anchor of Al Jazeera America, America Tonight
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Joie Chen: the data drawn from address books and instant messaging contact lists at collection points across the globe could allow the NSA to map out a person's life. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act prohibits the NSA from deliberately targeting Americans, whether they are in the U.S. or abroad. And the agency has not been authorized by Congress or the special court that oversees foreign surveillance the so called FISA Court, to collect contact lists of Americans in bulk.
Joie Chen
Anchor of Al Jazeera America, America Tonight
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Chen: But the leaked document shows that contact lists and address books belonging to some Americans are being gathered up in the data dragnet. The NSA claims this is not in direct violation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act because the collection occurs in foreign countries, when data crosses international borders.
Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Chen: At a Senate judiciary hearing earlier this month, NSA Chief General Keith Alexander dismissed charges of massive infringement on personal privacy. Alexander: The press claimed evidence of thousands of privacy violation. This is false and misleading. Chen: The agency claims it is not legally required or technically able to restrict it’s intake to contact lists belonging to specified foreign investment targets.
Ashkan Soltani
Washington Post contributor, Independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Soltan: (NSA) actually been able to capture the data without going to the companies or without the company's involvement. By possibly through the company's negligence,, but in fact the truth of the matter is rather than having to go knock on a door with a legal requirement, they can just collect it themselves. And in fact they are over-collecting. Chen: how much? Soltan: So we’re told they are collecting on any given day somewhere around 440,000 email addresses from yahoo... Chen: 440,000 a day? Soltan: address books a day. Somewhere in the 700,000 a day address books from various big four web mail providers.
Ashkan Soltani
Washington Post contributor, Independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Soltan: What’s not clear is what the minimization guidance is or what the target guidance is. We know from other leaked documents that for example minimization guidance or targeting guidance on the 702 precedent is that you can effectively - it's not a precedent, the 702 guidelines allow you to collect information on anyone who is corresponding or has in their address book a foreign intelligence suspect. So what happens here, it's not clear what information they are collecting, but -- Chen: or why
Ashkan Soltani
Washington Post contributor, Independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Soltan: The other thing to realize is the distributive nature of these web mail providers are not restricted to geography. So when you’re interacting with google from New York, it's not necessarily the case that the servers you are talking to will be located in the U.S. oftentimes communications are distributed, they are in the cloud.
Ashkan Soltani
Washington Post contributor, Independent researcher and consultant focused on privacy, security, and behavioral economics
ALJAZAM 10/16/2013
Chen: weed this out, it's splitting hairs. Is it really that difficult, would it be that difficult for them to isolate just the information that they need? Soltan: Not the way they are collecting it. They are connecting it from the backbone of the internet. They collect it as the data goes by rather than data at rest. As data goes by through these pipes, through what are known as SIGADs, these links between the internet of various countries. They are able to collect this data and record it and access it.
John Berman
Co-Anchor Eary Start
CNNW 10/17/2013
Berman: Big changes could soon be becoming to the NSA. the director of the spy agency and his top deputy are expected to leave in the coming year and giving President Obama a chance to appoint his own replacements. General Keith Alexander has led the agency since 2005 that’s the longest tenure ever for an NSA director. A spokesman says the decision to leave was long planned and not reaction to recent revelations about surveillance practices.
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